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A man who filed a federal lawsuit in April alleging he was attacked by a former Gary cop because of an affair he had with the officer's wife reached a financial settlement last month with the city of Gary.

The city agreed to pay Shawn Wade $47,500 to settle claims by Wade that Gary police officer Gerald Richardson violated his constitutional rights during an Aug. 26, 2016, traffic stop.

Wade, of Gary, claimed on that day he was riding in a black Mercedes being driven by Richardson's wife, when Richardson, driving his Gary squad car, pursued them without notifying dispatch.

The wife eventually stopped her vehicle on an Interstate 65 ramp, and Richardson put Wade in handcuffs at gunpoint, the complaint states. Wade alleged Richardson repeatedly hit him and wrapped a police radio cord around his neck before a police sergeant at the scene pulled Richardson off him.

Wade claimed Richardson also shot a gun at his home about two months before the pursuit. Richardson denied shooting at Wade's residence, but a ballistic test tied his firearm to the incident, the lawsuit states.

Richardson was placed on administrative leave after the pursuit and eventually fired.

The Times obtained the settlement agreement through a public records request with the city of Gary.

The agreement notes the city and Richardson were not admitting liability by settling the lawsuit, but chose to do so to save the time and expense of litigation.

Richardson dismissed his lawsuit with prejudice Nov. 20.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.